Trendy Tuesday: Shoshanah Marohn 5-24-2016

Welcome to another "Trendy Tuesday!" 
Today I'm joined by Shoshanah Marohn Author of Several Books! 

Thanks for joining me today, Shoshanah! 

Let's get comfy! Let the Interview begin! 

Novels you’ve written: 
 Exhaust(ed): The 99% true story of a bus trip gone wrong.
Avoiding Sex with Frenchmen
 I've also written two books of poetry and art, and a children's book.

What is your date of publication?: 
There are quite a few. The first was about two years ago.

If you could go back and re-write a novel, or re-experience writing a novel of yours, which one would it be and why?:  
I think I would make the art more consistently the same style in my first children's book, A Murder of Crows and Other Woes.

Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?: 
First I wanted to be an artist, then a writer. Now I am both.

When did you first consider yourself a “writer”? 
I guess I still don't consider myself a writer, so much as an artist.

If you were a donut, what kind of donut would you be? 
I'd be a bear claw, because I'm bigger inside, and fierce.

If you could take a character from your novel on a date, where would you go and what would you both do? 
I would go back to the Catacombs of Paris, but with a new perspective, and no fear. I don't think I want to take any characters from my novels out on dates, though. Been there, done that.

What was the publishing process like for you? If you self-published, what obstacles have you come across in the process of publishing? 
I always have issued formatting the pictures with the words correctly. But that's just because I have pictures! I don't think normal publishers usually print adult novels with pictures.

What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say? 
Birds in Beards Coloring Book: 33 portraits of men with beards and the birds who love them

If you type into Google “Your Name” – what is the first thing that comes up? 
My amazon author page comes up:

Do you have any future books planned or in mind? 
Yes, right now I am collaborating with other authors on two books. The first is a children's book that I am illustrating, written by Yosha Bourgea (who, by the way, the character of "Soul" in Exhaust(ed) was based on). Bourgea's children's book is called, Murgatroyd Buttercups.

The second is a coloring book I am doing for fantasy author Alex Bledsoe, The Official Coloring Book of the Tufa. (The Tufa are a fae people he writes about in The Hum and the Shiver.)

If you could be any part of a happy meal, which part would you be? (i.e hamburger? French fries? The free sundae?) 
I suppose I would be the meat! (Maybe I'm being too literal here.)

Do you have a favorite character from your books? Why?: 
It's kind of a tough call, but I think I would say Zgjenyue from Avoiding Sex with Frenchmen. She's just a crazy fun person to be around. She gets herself into some situations.

If we were to go to a book store together, where would I find you?: 
I would probably be checking out the children's book section. I always gravitate towards the picture books!

What is your favorite character’s “favorites”? Give us a list! 
Zgjenyu'es favorites: Cigarettes, Beer, Gory Movies, Doing Nothing, Dive Bars.

How long have you been writing and who or what inspired you to write? 
I've been writing since the dawn of time. God gave me a typewriter.

Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? 
I get very inspired, I hear a voice in my head, and I drop everything (to the detriment of other things in my life) and go write.

Do you read all the reviews of your book/books? – Why or Why not? Can you remember your first great one and the worst one? 
I try really hard not to read the reviews, but I usually end up seeing them, anyway, when I'm checking my goodreads account or whatever. I'm very sensitive, and I don't think it helps me to read the reviews. I write humor mostly, and you either get it or you don't. I find I become less creative after I've read a bunch of reviews. But I love getting reviews! Please review my books, so other people will know what they are like. Overall, I seem to have good reviews.

How did you feel knowing more than just yourself would be reading your work? 
I have trouble writing without an audience. That's why I usually post all of my books, piece by piece, at my blog:

Who was the first person to ever read a story/poem of yours? 
Probably my second grade teacher. She really liked a story I wrote about some kids who were in a treehouse during a flood, I remember. She put it on the wall. I was so proud.

How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?: 
I use real place names, mostly. The character names are just from the ether, somewhere. I don't know where they come from! Some of them are really weird. Ludmilla. Zgjenyue. Soul Mate is a pun, because (spoiler) we break up at the end.

Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?:  
Well, I don't write normal novels. Everything is based on true happenings. So I know all of that before hand.

What is your favorite book and Why?  Have you read it more than once?: 
I like House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, It's unconventional in its composition, and completely riveting. Terrifying. I love it.

Your favorite food is?: 
Swedish meatballs.

Your favorite singer/group is?: 
The Flaming Lips.

Your favorite color is?: 

What sparked the idea for this book? 
The Birds in Beards thing was just a goofy idea I had!

Which comes first? The character's story or the idea for the novel? 
The storyline comes first, always.

What was the hardest part to write in this book? 
All of those drawings took a lot of time and work!

How do you hope this book affects its readers? 
I do hope it makes everyone laugh.

What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer? 

If you could have any superpower what would you choose? 
I would be able to influence what other people want to do.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published:
I enjoy reading fan mail. It makes me happy.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. 
You should read all of my books because they will make you laugh and make you want to travel to far off places and let your freak flag fly high.

What’s your favorite season/weather? Autumn winds.

What is your favorite and least favorite thing about writing? 
I like when it all comes together and I read that final draft, and it's perfect.
If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why? 
I just like being myself. I don't idolize anyone that way.

If you could meet any famous person, who would it be? What would be the first thing you say to them? 
Meeting anyone famous is sort of a nightmare come true for me. I don't want to do that at all! If they tweet at me, I freak out. I recently misbehaved at a John Hodgman event, and he called me out and it was the most embarrassed I've ever been.  
I wrote about it on my blog:

Favorite Superhero ? Or if you could be a superhero, who would you be or what super power would you have and why? 
I don't know if she's a superhero, but I like Marceline the Vampire Queen on Adventure Time.  I like her singing (so I guess I like Olivia Olson). And she's just cooler than school. I wish I could be cool, that would be my super power. But I am not.

Sadly, folks - That's all we have for today! 
Thanks for joining me and Shoshanah, and be sure to check out all of of her links below!: 

Twitter: @maddogmarohn

Be sure to stop by next Tuesday, for another great Author Interview! 


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